Peach State prospect on Vols radar

Carlos Burse

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It's hard to look at what the Tennessee Volunteers have to offer at wide receiver with Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter and not wonder if either of them will last four years in the Orange and White.

Derek Dooley and his staff might have to think about replacing their two star wide receivers sooner than they would like, but one prospect who could help try and fill the void is Peach State prospect Carlos Burse.

Burse, a 6-foot-3, 204-pounder out of Alpharetta (Ga.) High School already has offers from Tennessee, NC State, Duke, Virginia Tech, Florida, UCF and Vanderbilt, but that won't be end of Division I schools courting the big man.

"Right now I have actually been talking to Alabama the most even though I don't have an offer from them," Burse told InsideTennessee. "We have done a lot of talking lately and I went to a few of their games this year and I will probably try and go to their camp this summer."

With Jim Chaney's offense throwing the ball all over the yard during the last two seasons, Burse definitely has interest in Rocky Top.

"I have a big interest in Tennessee," he said. "It is a great school, with a great environment. Hopefully we will talk more and start developing a good relationship. They are definitely a school that I am interested in.

"I definitely want a school that is going to throw the ball around and they do. It doesn't have to be a place that throws it 90 percent of the time, but I want to see them throwing the ball."

With the possibility that both Hunter and Rogers could head for the league following their junior seasons, Burse may have Tennessee high on his list late in the game considering what he is looking for at the next level.

"I am definitely looking for early playing time," Burse said. "I want to see exactly how the college life is there for an athlete, how you manage your time with school and everything."

It won't be hard to meet Burse's other big requirement either, with a new football training facility set for completion in 2012, he may be drooling at the opportunity to play football on Rocky Top.

"The weight program is very important to me when I get to school because I want to get a lot bigger when I got to school," he said. "Early playing time and great academics are important to me. I just want to go where I feel comfortable."

Burse is coming off a monster year having caught 52 passes for 857 yards and 13 touchdowns. Alpharetta managed a playoff birth, but fell short of their goals after a 9-1 regular season.

"My team had a great year overall," Burse said. "We were 9-2, but unfortunately we lost in the first round of the playoffs. The majority of the year went really great. I was proud of the year that my team had.

"For myself, personally, I had a pretty good year. My stats were up from last year, which is good. I haven't reached all my individual goals that I was hoping for, but the majority of things I was shooting for I got done."

Burse, who reports 4.6-speed, will now shift his focus to the offseason and improving his game through training and visiting several camps over the summer.

"I think that speed is the most important thing for me this offseason," he said. "That is probably my main downfall and that is what I will work on the most.

"My hands, my jumping ability and my competitive nature are probably my main strengths right now. I think those are the things schools are interested in right now. I just have a will to go out and win games."

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